Si vis pacem, para bellum – If you want peace prepare for war

Violence Compared:

Many years ago, while I was still in school two beliefs, that were utterly wrong, were placed before the American people, proposed as gospel. The saying “fighting never solved anything” was spread through our schools, churches and homes along with a “zero tolerance” policy which gave victims in the same punishment as the aggressors, or in some cases, there was no aggressor, just stupid teachers, school staff, prosecutors and judges were and are lazy using that “policy” to punish without thought.

The slogan and policy were and are wrong. Fighting solves everything!

One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does…. that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.” Colonel John Dean “Jeff” Cooper.

This statement did not make Col. Cooper an enemy of peace. But rather one who realized peace for its own sake inevitably failed to bring peace. In other words, to preserve the peace, one had to be visibly prepared to use violence.

By law, and I would say moral code, there are two types of violence. Felonious behavior and Righteous action. Both are violence yet only one is “legal”. There is no need to be a victim of felonious violence.

To the Military “Violence of action” means the unrestricted use of speed, strength, surprise, and aggression to achieve total dominance against your enemy. It is neither good or bad.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Felonious as: Very evil, Villainous 
They define Righteous as: acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin.

Righteous Violence:

In the past, I built up and led a church security team. Not some mamby pamby paper tiger, nor a full body armor, dogs at the door, sniper in the bell tower team. It was a group of dedicated, trained and willing volunteers. They trained and practiced to be ready to do battle with the physical forces of darkness, whether that be an upset ex-husband, teenage boys fighting over the “love of their life” or a full-scale assault of Johnny Jihad on the church.

There was a reason to prepare, to be violent, righteous reasons.

The team, when I took over, was several guys with pistols in their pockets. Nothing formal. In changing the mental perception of the team members and bringing in only those with the right attitude, we were able to protect the flock and have confidence in our abilities.

Don’t get me wrong, I ran into many of the nosy church ladies asking too many questions, and many members who were of the martyr mentality, you know the “it’s ok to die for Jesus” types. It is my belief that is totally wrong. God called very few people to be martyrs. Most He call to be witnesses for Him, it’s kind of hard to do that if you are dead.

I had to learn how to explain the righteous anger of the LORD, and show people, how He quite often used men and women to deal a physical blow to other humans. Too many people never did or will understand that violence, in many instances, is good.

The LORD Himself killed a lot of people, many of them from the Jewish nation. If you don’t believe me, get a Bible and read the book of Numbers. He also wiped out the entire planet minus eight people. This was righteous violence.

Felonious Violence:

Unfortunately, many people think their felonious behavior is legal. The Antifa movement thinks their violence is righteous, I disagree.

Antifa attacking pro republic citizens: Who is righteous here?

Violence is necessary:

Not all violence needs to be punished, however felonious violence needs to be met with immediate righteous violence and legal prosecution.

The person or group who “started” the violence is not always wrong. Sometimes it is necessary to be the first to violence to prevent more or greater violence.

Dangerous on Demand” is a slogan Student of the Gun uses. This slogan is not giving anyone the right to be feloniously violent but to have the ability to be righteously violent in order to stop or prevent felonious violence.

A school / mall / church / public murder using a gun, knife, truck, baseball bat, hammer or fist to kill innocent people needs to be immediately stopped with violence, otherwise they will continue their spree or in some cases disappear to continue molesting the public at a later time.

The person present during an attack by a thug is, by definition, the “first responder” and should initiate, to the best of their ability, violence in stopping the criminal. This is done with righteous violence.

The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail … the answer to criminal aggression is retaliation.” – Col. Jeff Cooper

At times you will need superior “power” to stop felonious activity.

There is a saying, ‘God created man, Samuel Colt made them equal’. Tools may be needed to stop criminals and thugs. Most of the time it is a proper attitude changing implement. This could be a firearm, pepper spray, a bat or any of thousands of items to give leverage to the one using righteous violence. Pepper spray is fine to stop the aggressive drunk, it is no good against a felon with a weapon of any sort.

When you are faced with a situation and feel the need to use force to alter the other persons attitude, quickly ask yourself is this a righteous action (one the courts will not put you in jail for) or felonious?

Fighting Solves Everything:

Fighting is necessary, we fight poverty, we fight crime, we fight cancer. It is not fighting that is wrong, it is the attack of a human on another living thing (human, dog, monkey) that is either righteous or felonious. Stay on the right side and you will, over all, be safe.

Until we meet again, keep your booger hook off the bang switch until on target and ready to fire.

One thought on “Si vis pacem, para bellum – If you want peace prepare for war”

  1. This is a fantastic article! It is necessary to know these points before being confronted with a situation that would require righteous violence so you’re not having a mental moral dilemma while it is happening. I learned this the hard way.

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